Permits are $14 per hiker*, per calendar year. Cash or check only. Apply at the Echo Lake office to get your permit (to carry with you) and a parking decal. Office hours, directions and permit info on the Watershed site.
There are also very specific rules regarding hiking during hunting seasons, such as only hiking after 1pm Mon-Sat from Apr-May, and Sunday only hiking from Oct to Dec. We’ve posted the 2009 Rules here, but obviously check for any changes.
There is a Pequannock Watershed map on the site, and they give you a copy with your permit but its not fantastic for hiking – you really should have either of the map sets that cover the area: North Jersey Trails and Jersey Highlands Trails – they are much easier to read and have the permit areas shaded.
*4/2015 – Pricing update via TJ K.